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Visiting Marriages and Remote Parenting: Changing Strategies of Rural--Urban Migrants to Hanoi, Vietnam


  • Catherine Locke
  • Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam


Despite the ongoing centrality of marriage and reproduction in Vietnam, family and spousal separation is an increasing reality for many poor rural--urban migrants. We offer a social relational analysis of reproduction to explore how migrant men and women in their peak child-bearing and child-rearing years negotiate conjugal strategies and expectations. Labour migration for these poor men and women involves high costs for family relations, social identities and emotional experiences which are strongly patterned by gender. This social relational analysis of reproduction deepens analyses of changing marriage relations and studies of internal labour migration.

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  • Catherine Locke & Nguyen Thi Ngan Hoa & Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam, 2012. "Visiting Marriages and Remote Parenting: Changing Strategies of Rural--Urban Migrants to Hanoi, Vietnam," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(1), pages 10-25, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:1:p:10-25
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2011.629650

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    1. Minh T.N. Nguyen, 2014. "Translocal Householding: Care and Migrant Livelihoods in a Waste-trading Community of Vietnam's Red River Delta," Development and Change, International Institute of Social Studies, vol. 45(6), pages 1385-1408, November.

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